“Leaving the black heart of Bearden for the warm bosom of Happy Holler” reads the flyer on the Raven Records and Rarities Facebook page.
For now, Raven is still open at its current location, 5710 Kingston Pike, but owners Jay Nations and Jack Stiles hope to be up and running at the new location — 1200 N. Central St. in the Downtown North neighborhood of Knoxville, an area also known as “Happy Holler” — the first week of June.
The decision was made a couple of months ago, and personally I think it’s a good one. Raven, which we profiled back when it first opened, has the sort of scruffy, colorful and weird-in-a-good-way vibe of places like Time Warp Tea Room and Toot’s Little Honky Tonk than the tony neighbors of its current location.
Either way, we encourage you to support. If you’re a comic book/sci-fi fan, Stiles has some stuff that’ll blow your mind, and Nations has been the master of vinyl around these parts for a couple of decades. Stop by before they move; you might find something to tickle your fancy. And definitely support the guys in their new location come June; locally owned businesses, especially those that deal in music and oddities you can’t find anywhere else, give East Tennessee some of its character and history